Delhi seals semi-final spot in Ranji thumping Vijayawada

 . Last updated on December 12, 2017, 4:58 PM
Delhi seals semi-final spot in Ranji thumping Vijayawada
The final inning featured the crucial knock of 95 runs from Gautam Gambhir.

In the latest Ranji Trophy match, second quarter-final of the series, Delhi won against Madhya Pradesh at Vijayawada. Madhya Pradesh scored 338 and 283 runs batting in the innings, while Delhi replied with 405 and 217. The latter lead the match after replying with their first inning score. Batting in the second inning, the team run pass the target in a cake walk.

Delhi won by 7 wickets to enter the semi-finals of the tournament. Madhya Pradesh batsman Harpreet Singh scored a century in the first inning. Another half-century was from Ankit Dane, who scored 59. Naman Ojha remained a run less to half century. Delhi’s inning comprised of several hefty knocks. Kunal Chandela scored 81, Dhurv Shorey had 78. Himmat Singh scored 71 at the middle order.

Madhya Pradesh started their second inning with a feeble knock. The inning built up by the middle order with players like PM Dubey, Harpreet Singh scoring half centuries. Delhi’s final chase was bolstered with the score of 95 off Gautam Gambhir, the batsman could not contribute well enough in the previous inning.

Kunal Chandela, the opener, knocked a half century to partnering with Gambhir. Shorey scored 46 runs remaining unbeaten. Delhi started batting in the evening session of the fourth day scoring 8 runs by the end of fourth day. The team started the final day to chase 217 runs. The partnership between Gambhir and Chandela brought 98 runs at the rate of 4.70 per over. The team played 51.4 overs in the inning.

In its next tussle, Delhi will play against Gujarat in Semi-final stage. The fixture will start on December 17. In another quarter-final fixture, Vidarbha won against Kerala by 412 runs. In the high scoring match, the winning team scored 246 runs and 507 batting in both innings. While, Kerala could only score 176 and 165 in both its inning.



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